Radio Newsbeat


Apologies for not posting recently.  Where I live they are having a Living Advent Calendar event, with a 30 minute performance each evening throughout December in different places in town.  I missed out on tonight’s due to the rain so thought I would get this blog up to date.

Looking back at past radio great radio shows from the past. I used to thoroughly enjoy the Ern and Vern Show on BBC 3 Counties, innocent innuendo and fun……………………….

I found this artice in the Luton News that possibly explains why their show was cut.

Radio show off the air after porn comment

By Luton On Sunday  |  Posted: July 29, 2007

A popular radio show has been axed after it is alleged that presenters asked an eight-year old caller what her porn name would be.The Ern and Vern show which is broadcast on Three Counties Radio every Saturday afternoon has been suspended for the summer because of complaints the station received over a show on July 14.

In their usual tongue-incheek fashion, the presenters, Ernie Almond and Jonathan Vernon-Smith, known to listeners as Ern and Vern, were discussing porn names.

During the show, an eight-year old girl from Gamlingay called the show on a different issue but was reportedly asked what her porn name would be.

According to listeners, the presenters then joked about the girl using the made-up porn name on her school work although the BBC denies this.

A spokesman for the BBC said: “There was discussion in the programme about an item in the news regarding a woman in America using a porn-star name, which led to some banter.

“However, at no time did the presenters ask the young girl about her ‘name’.”

After a number of complaints from listeners who heard the show, the BBC has suspended Ern and Vern and the spokesman said: “Following an item the BBC views as inappropriate and unacceptable in the Ern and Vern programme last week, the programme will be taking a break for the summer pending a full investigation.

“We’d like to apologise to anyone who may have been offended by what they heard.” Last Saturday, the BBC issued two apologies and the show in question is no longer available online.

A regular listener of the show, Sandy Wharton, Bedford, is shocked and disappointed at the BBC’s decision to suspend Ern and Vern.

She said: “The people who complained can’t have been regular listeners because the whole point of the show is that it is tongue-in-cheek and full of innuendos.

“I listened to that particular show and didn’t find it offensive at all.

“Ern and Vern have many calls from children and it’s all just a bit of fun, nothing harmful, unless of course, one is particularly religious and then I can see how it would cause offence.”

A person’s ‘porn name’ is derived by taking the name of their first pet, followed by their mother’s maiden name.

Read more:

I don’t think I have a show in my personal archive, which is sad because I was a regular and avid listener.

Here on You Tube are examples of Ern and Vern at work

Some Jingles from their show

Finally possibly good news – according to JVS a month ago on his audio boom page they will be back on Boxing Day
Hear are the clips of the old show JVS has put up on audio boom – enjoy!

It is official – Ern and Vern are back on BBC 3 Counties on Boxing Day for two hours!
Jonathan Vernon Smith is still injecting humour into his shows – here is an extract from 2014

I have just seen an entry on JVS’s audio boom page, written a month ago saying that Ern and Vern are back for a Boxing Day special, not sure about it but here are some clips he put on audio boom
News selected by the Wireless Waffler from the Radio Today Site


Ofcom has found three community radio stations in breach of their licences for bringing in too much money.

Each community radio station has its own limit set out by Ofcom, but most of them operate under the 50% rule where they must match their commercial revenue with non-output related funding such as grants and donations.

Nevis Community Radio reported in 2014, 98% of its income was derived from on-air advertising and sponsorship. But after questions by Ofcom, the station re-submitted its Financial Report saying it had under-estimated the amount of ‘in kind’ income from volunteers in its report.

Peace Full Media in Manchester said its 65% commercial income was as a result of an oversight “caused by internal issues which have now been sorted.

And Bishop FM in Bishop Auckland reported that 60% was commercial due to a misallocation of commercial production revenues but quickly changed it to 54% – but was still in breach.

DAB radio coverage gets a boost in Sussex
Posted by Marty McFly

DAB radio coverage gets a boost in Sussex

Digital radio reception is being improved for over 330,000 people in the Sussex area – around Crawley, Newhaven, Heathfield and in the Sussex Weald, north of Shoreham.

A retune event took place Wednesday morning at the Jubilee Library in Brighton with the local Mayor.

Early in 2016 a further two digital transmitters will be added bringing over 40,000 listeners in Midhurst and Rye into DAB coverage and in August 2016 a sixth digital transmitter will add a further 50,000 listeners in Horsham.

This morning, the Mayor of Brighton & Hove, Councillor Lynda Hyde, pressed the big green retune switch at 8.45am to mark the moment for listeners to retune their DAB digital radios and start the process of turning on the new digital transmitters. The Mayor urged all digital listeners in Sussex to retune to ensure that they could continue to listen to BBC Sussex, Heart Sussex, Smooth Radio Sussex, Capital, Gold, KISSTORY, heat, Gaydio and Smile Sussex.

Councillor Lynda Hyde said: “The Sussex community is served by a great variety of local stations. I am delighted that now even more listeners in Sussex will be able to hear these important and well-loved stations on digital radio and encourage everyone to retune their radios this morning.”

There are also six extra DAB station on-air in Brighton at the moment on the mini-mux trial – Juice 107.2, RadioReverb, totallyradio, Smile Sussex, Resonance Extra and student station, URF Sussex.

Sara David, Editor, BBC Sussex, said: “BBC Sussex has been at the heart of life in the county for over 30 years and we’re proud to be one of BBC’s biggest local radio stations. We’re encouraging our listeners on DAB digital radio in Sussex to retune their digital radios this morning to ensure we can continue bringing them all the local news, sport, and entertainment they love.”

Iain McKenna, Regional Managing Director, Global Radio (South), said: “Global is home to the country’s biggest commercial radio brands, so we’re excited to bring Heart, Capital, Smooth and Gold to more people in Sussex on DAB digital radio. We know that our listeners love the great music we play and we want to make sure they retune to keep listening.”

Dee Ford, Group Managing Director Radio, Bauer Media, said: “We love digital radio here at Bauer with nine out of the top ten digital commercial stations in the UK being in our family and more station launches planned for next year. KISSTORY has rapidly become ONE of the UK’s most popular digital only brands with its Old Skool & Anthems, and heat radio delivers an all-star cast in the way of presenters, classic pop and celeb gossip – retune to join us.”

Ford Ennals, CEO Digital Radio UK, said: “Sussex leads most of the UK in terms of digital radio ownership and listening so it’s great news that over 300,000 more listeners will now be able to enjoy all their favourite local stations on DAB digital radio for the first time.”

Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy, said: “The big digital radio retune is fantastic news for both listeners and local radio stations. With more than 30 million of us tuning in every week, and three quarters of all cars now coming with DAB as standard, there’s no doubt the future of radio in the UK is digital. Government is working closely with our partners on the expansion of DAB digital radio, bringing listeners around the UK greater access, better coverage and an even wider variety of content.”

Paul Eaton, Director of Digital Radio, Arqiva, said: “I am delighted that the local DAB coverage expansion programme is continuing with Sussex being the latest area to receive a digital boost. We look forward to playing our part in expanding local DAB coverage to the level of commercial radio FM coverage.”

In the photo:

Paul Eaton, Director of Digital Radio, Arqiva
Stuart Davies, Manging Editor Kent & Sussex, Global
John Adamson, Production Editor London & SE, BBC
Councillor Lynda Hyde, Mayor of Brighton
Mark Carter, Assistant Editor/Presenter, BBC Sussex
Ford Ennals, CEO, Digital Radio UK

IRN has extended its current agreement with primary news supplier Sky News for a further two years.

IRN Managing Director Tim Molloy said: “I am delighted that we shall be partnering with Sky News for a further two years and commend them on the on-going quality of the service. With the help of feedback from the IRN Editorial Board they do an excellent job to ensure the news feeds are fit for purpose for both independent local radio and the big commercial radio brands.”

Head of Sky News John Ryley said: “We’re absolutely delighted to retain the agreement to provide a non-stop news service to IRN radio stations and to continue our fruitful relationship.”

In addition to providing most of the UK radio industry with an hourly news bulletin, IRN is also responsible for a range of network services including distribution of network programmes such as the Big Top 40 chart show, local radio football rights and the Royal Rota for commercial radio.

In addition IRN provides a subsidised news service to hospital, community, RSL’s and university radio operations.

Radio talent honoured at Arqiva Hall of Fame
Posted by Steve Collins

The Radio Academy has inducted Pete Tong, Victoria Derbyshire, Frank Skinner, Nihal Arthanayake and Tony Butler into its Hall of Fame at a lunch held in Birmingham today.


Pete Tong MBE said: “I’m truly flattered to be inducted into the Radio Academy Hall Of Fame. Radio truly inspired and shaped my career path from an early age. Sitting in my bedroom as a young teenager listening to the likes of Emperor Rosko, Robbie Vincent, Johnny Walker, Tony Prince, Greg Edwards & Peter Powell. I’m a huge fan of the medium which at its best is still so simple so powerful and so personal. Long may it reign!”

Victoria Derbyshire said: “I’m totally thrilled and honoured to be invited to join The Radio Academy’s Hall of Fame and seriously humbled to be in the company of such radio giants as Kenny Everett, Chris Evans, Jane Garvey and Alistair Cook.”

Frank Skinner said: “When I heard I was to become a Hall of Famer, I felt properly proud. Does this mean I’ll finally get my publicity postcard in the reception area? The one with me looking preoccupied, in headphones. My ‘Mr Radio’ jingle suddenly seems much less ironic.”

Nihal Arthanayake said: “I treat this news with a mixture of bewilderment and shock. I have been on the radio for 13 years and the BBC has allowed me to go and explore my interests and challenge myself. To now be inducted into the Radio Hall Of Fame at this stage in my career is such an honour that I’m not sure how to articulate it. I’ve still got lots to do and lots to learn and this incredible honour will give me even more energy to carry on this exciting journey. Thank you to all involved in choosing me.”

Ben Hart, Head of Commercial Radio at Arqiva, said: ““We are delighted to have sponsored the Radio Academy Hall of Fame Lunch for the third year running. Held in Birmingham for the first time, it was a great success and provided a fantastic opportunity to honour the talented individuals we have in the UK’s radio industry. I’d like to congratulate Frank, Nihal, Pete, Tony and Victoria on being inducted into The Radio Academy Hall of Fame. Their hard work and dedication to radio have ensured that they are all very much deserving of this honour.”

Roger Cutsforth, Managing Director of The Radio Academy, said: “Wow, what an inspirational group of radio broadcasters. It is a privilege to induct them into the Hall of Fame and highlights just how blessed with talent our industry is.”


Ofcom throws out complaints over Iain Lee
Posted by Roy Martin

Ofcom throws out complaints over Iain Lee

Ofcom received six complaints about an item on Iain Lee’s show at BBC Three Counties Radio, but decided not to pursue them.

The complaints were assessed by the regulator but did not raise issues warranting investigation.

The news is significant because the item in question, an interview with a Christian Concern campaigner, is thought to be the reason why he’s no longer on the station.

Neither Iain or the BBC have confirmed the reason for his departure from the 3CR breakfast show, but it has been hinted by Iain on Twitter that the station fired him over the way the interview was conducted, and the following outcry from Christian organisations.

Iain broke his “Twitter silence” today to reiterate his point about the interview – in which he continually claimed his contributor was a bigot – and to highlight a tweet which described what one person thinks of his former bosses at BBC Three Counties Radio.

Iain says he not very well at the moment but there’s currently lots happening.

The Bay thanked and congratulated in Parliament
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The Bay thanked and congratulated in Parliament

The Bay has been acknowledged for its special programmes during the flooding and extreme weather over the weekend.

Speaking in Parliament, Morecambe MP David Morris thanked the station for their broadcast during the power cuts in Lancaster, of which The Bay also suffered from. The station, based riverside on St Georges Quay, was also flooded on December 5th.

But as soon as the station returned to air, it set up a temporary studio on the first floor of its offices, and provided continuous news and information for North Lancashire and South Cumbria.

The Bay is now also advertising for an evening show presenter – to host a live show from its studios each evening rather than the current pre-recorded output.

See the notion below and some photos of the floods from the weekend below.




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